Harbour Apartments construction restarts

The Harbour Apartments construction site in May. Picture: ADAM McLEANWork has resumed on the Harbour Apartments construction site opposite WIN Stadium and developer Kollco Holdings believes it will be full steam ahead within weeks.
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Workers downed tools on May 1 when the contract with Camarda & Cantrill was terminated because the builder could not meet its contract obligations.

Kollco has since been working closely with unions representing disgruntled contractors owed more than $1.2 million and new builder Advanced Constructions to get the project back on track.

Chief operating officer of Kollaras Property Holdings, John Kollaras, told the Mercury there were workers on site this week, mainly meeting WorkCover and occupational health and safety obligations, before full-scale construction recommences.

Mr Kollaras said he had been involved in productive discussions with the CFMEU, and some of the subcontractors who had previously been working on the site were returning.

Those conversations were continuing, he said.

Subcontractors were left in the lurch when Camarda & Cantrill bailed out of the Harbour Apartments project, on the corner of Burelli and Harbour streets.

The Illawarra company was placed in the hands of liquidators owing more than $4 million.

Kollco Holdings Pty Ltd said it was in the process of “quantifying the amount of loss” it was owed due to the “abandonment” of the contract.

Its website says the high-rise will offer single level two and three-bedroom apartments with outdoor living and spacious balconies, and feature “cosmopolitan style” with coastal views.

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Find yourself feeling crappy? Try these five things

Georgia van Tiel and Carla McMillan of Bodypass get their happy on. Photo: Robert Saponja.We all go through times in our lives when life doesn’t go the way we expected.
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Things happen thatthrow us in the deep end and we find ourselves in situations we can’t actually change but that make us feel … crappy.

Perhaps this has to do with work. Or maybe you have a few days in a row where you had big plans and you get sick so you’re forced to take time off. Maybe you budgeted for something that’s become more expensive and you have to put some things on the back-burner.

These are all situations that are out of our control, yet they can send even the happiest people around the bend and bring on negative emotions.

If the situation itself can’t be controlled, then why do we feel crappy about it?

It’s the way that your mind reacts to it – or rather – the way your subconscious thought pattern ‘tells’ you to react. With exasperation, frustration, anger or hopelessness.

If you can become more conscious, then you can change the way you relate to a situation and that will change the outcome of something you would have perceived as negative to something that beings welcome surrender, feels calm or simply ‘meant to be’. It is what it is.

When we are overcome by our attachment to an idea we have in our minds about what things are supposed to be like, we spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or living with the future in mind and this does little for our state of fulfillment in the now.

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”

How though, do we change the way we see things in our minds to make the days we live happier? Here’s fiveeasy ways.

1. Recognise the emotion.

Instead of sinking into the pits of ‘should have, could have, would have’… be conscious of what it is you’re feeling. Is it despair, anger, frustration or loneliness? The emotion is there for a reason, even if it is created by the mind.

Give it a little room to be … feel it. We rarely, if ever, give our emotions a place to be recognised before we push them down and pretend they don’t exist. How many times has someone asked you what was wrong, only for you to say ‘nothing’, even though there are 15 things getting you down. Own the emotion and it is much easier to send that baby flying away.

2. Make a conscious decision to wave goodbye to that emotion, it’s fleeting.

Only you can make the decision to wallow in it – the emotion itself doesn’t make the choice to stay, you have the responsibility of control over it.

Picture a baby who cries for an instant over a toy being snatched away. Is that baby still upset about it an hour later? No. A baby probably isn’t too fazed about losing the toy even three minutes later. We forget to live in the moment like a child does and this is something we’d be much better off doing.

3. Talk yourself through it.

With pushing our emotions under the rug comes a constant habit of deafening our ears to our own voice. Many people today who’re dwelling in the past or existing only thinking about the future don’t have a good relationship with themselves. An excellent way of dealing with set-backs is to have a quick reality ‘check-in’ with yourself.

Phrases like “will my worrying change the future?”, “everything will work out as it needs to”, “What is this lesson here to teach me?” or “things are as they should be” will help you to relax and surrender in crappy situations.

4. Become comfortable with uncertainty.

As adults we hold onto negative emotions as if they will comfort us, and then many of us feel secure or safe feeling crappy because we’ve identified with that feeling for so long. It’s time to give yourself permission to be okay with uncertainty. The better you can respond to uncertainty in life the more opportunity you have to feel fulfilled because guess what? Life is never certain and we simply can’t control everything.

5. Breathe.

How many times in our lives do things happen out of our control and we go from whoa to CRAZY in .2 seconds flat? Unleashing fury and vitriol or helpless anxiety reaction over ourselves or anybody around us. And the one thing we forgot to do is breathe. Giving ourselves a small pocket of breath allows us to calm any instant negative reaction and follow the steps above.

An excellent breathing technique that calms nerves and reduces physical and emotional pain is the following. Try it today in a moment of stress or anxiety.

A slow count of four while breathing in, then count of four holding the breath. Then a slow count of four breathing out out and hold the breath out for four seconds and repeat.

What’s left?

A calmer, happier person who can roll with the ebbs and flows of life with peace, purpose and a strong belief that they are right where they should be.

JoinBodypassfor a variety of wellness classes to help you bounce back.​Alice Nichollsis a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Life Transformation Coach.

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Hoverboard charging stations? Library vision sought

Next generation: Acting Wollongong lord mayor Chris Connor with Thirroul toddler Tom Giles at the Thirroul Library. Picture: ROBERT PEETWollongong’s future libraries could have hoverboard charging stations, no physical buildings or just a lot of good old-fashioned reading nooks, according to the city’s acting lord mayor Chris Connor.
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Wollongong City Council, which is preparing to change its book services over the next seven years, wants residents to dream up their ideal public library.

On Monday, the organisation launched its Beyond Books strategy, and has called for public comment before staff begin developing the future library plan.

“As part of our work on this strategy, we’re looking at a range of questions including whether there are even physical buildings housing libraries in the future,” Cr Connor said.

“Or do we have more but smaller branch libraries? These are really interesting concepts and we want to hear what the community thinks our libraries should be like in 2022.”

As part of the consultation, residents are asked to imagine walking into a library in 2022 and to respond through the council’s website on why they’re there, who they’re with, where the library is and what activities/services the council should provide.

The council is also asking people to gather with friends or in book clubs to talk through the same questions and reply to the council by the end of the month.

Later in the year, library workers will hold stalls at Dapto Street Fair and Spring into Corrimal and will host a series of community workshops to develop a draft library strategy.

This will go on exhibition early next year, the council said.

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Mason’s Thornton wins top gong

Chris Thornton, Owner and Chef from Restaurant Mason in NewcastleRESTAURANT Mason’s Chris Thornton has been named the Australian Young Restaurateur of the Year.
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Mr Thornton took out the accolade at the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence awards in Sydney on Monday night.

He was one of five finalists from across the country vying for the award, which

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support young chefs, waiters and restaurateurs and has launched the careers of some of the country’s best chefs including James Viles, Brendan Pratt and Massimo Mele.

Mr Thornton and his wife Ami opened the restaurant in Hunter Street in November 2011.

They received their first One Chef’s Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Award in the first year and have maintained it ever since.

As part of the competition, Mr Thornton joined the other finalists on a five-day produce tour through regional Victoria in July where they met the passionate producers behind outstanding quality meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables that are eaten in some of the country’s best restaurants.

Mr Thornton was presented with a certificate and trophy and has won $8000 to invest in the business, $5000 worth of kitchen appliances, and the chance to network with industry greats overseas next year.

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Shave for a cure Can Assist

On Saturday eveningat the Harden Country Club, local pairCatherine Cooper and Mellissa Ingswill have their heads shaved for local charity, Can Assist in the name of fighting cancer.
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The brave women are hoping to raise $5000 throughout the night, with proceeds to be halved between the Harden branch of Can Assist and the Harden Nursing Home.

There will be musicthroughout the evening as well as an auction and a raffle with great items being donated from generous people and businesses who are keen to show support for the two ladies.

The event will kick off at 6pm and those still wantingto donate to the great cause, should go tohttp://gogetfunding南京夜网/catherine-mellissas-shave-for-harden/

GREAT CAUSE: Catherine Cooper and Mellissa Ings will have their heads shaved, where the money raised will go to Can Assist and the Harden Nursing Home.

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New promotions team for carnivals series

Richard Welsh, of Epic Events and Marketing, has stepped in to promote the Christmas carnivals.
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THE show will roll on for Tasmania’s Christmas carnivals community after the announcement of a new promoter for the 2015-16 series.

Hobart-based company Epic Events and Marketing has come to the rescue the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania after John Craven’s Caribou Publications withdrew its support earlier this year due to financial reasons.

Headed by 2002 Devonport Mile winner and athletics administrator Richard Welsh, Epic will manage the promotion, media, advertising and management of elite athletes to the series.

But in an added bonus for SCAT and cycling fans, Craven and his company will continue to be involved in a smaller role, managing the contracting of all cyclists to the series and management of the fledgling criterium events.

SCAT president Mike Gunson said he was excited to have a new promotions team for the series, along with retaining Caribou for the cycling events.

“SCAT is thrilled to have the Epic Events and Marketing team on board, led by Richard Welsh who has a strong affinity and history with our carnival series,” Gunson said.

“Richard is highly connected around Australia with sports media and elite track and field athletes, which makes his company the ideal choice for us to go with.

“SCAT is very pleased that Caribou is also retaining some involvement in the Christmas Carnivals and believe the continuation of the very successful criterium series is paramount to obtaining the highest level of cyclist throughout Australia.”

Welsh, who has worked for both Athletics Tasmania and Athletics Australia, said he had long had an affinity for the series and was looking to attract several high-calibre runners in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

“Combined with my great relationships with the Tasmanian sports media and network of national contacts for high-quality athletes, I’ve no doubt I can work with all stakeholders to deliver an exciting series that has plenty of interest from the public,” he said.

“Work has already begun in this space and the conversations I’ve had with a few Olympians about coming down for the series has been very promising.

“We’ll be coming into an Olympic year so there is going to be some added excitement in the air.”

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Let’s get bang for our buck

WHEN boiled down to its bare bones, the current furore over political entitlements is really about bang for our buck.
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We want our politicians to show us they are worthy of the dollars they earn, and those spent on our behalf.

Sadly, in our current political environment most of us don’t think they measure up.

Polls and surveys show that average Australians have a pretty low opinion of politicians.

The answer is relatively simple, but it must be a twofold approach.

First, our MPs must get back to a more business-like system for covering the expenses of office.

One suspects they would be more particular about value for money if they had to shell out for expenses and claim them back from the Commonwealth, like so many in private industry do every day.

If it first comes out of the MP’s pocket, before being claimed back from the taxpayer, they are going to run the ruler over every expense.

There must also be more clarity around what is parliamentary business, and what is for personal or party activities, and maybe some more firm guidelines about how they may be mixed.

I don’t deny for one minute that they should have their costs covered, and that our MPs should be paid a good dollar for their service.

They should also have some flexibility around family accompanying them for trips that are a mix of business and pleasure. But this needs to have a bit more rigour applied to avoid the issues that are currently plaguing our parliament.

This might mean paying a little more to the MPs and doing away with family travel, and then it becomes the option at the discretion of the member or senator.

After more than 25 years of observing and at times working alongside our elected officials, I won’t accept that the majority of MPs don’t earn every dollar they are paid, and they also shouldn’t have to bear extra expense. With that comes strain on family and relationships, and that must be acknowledged and accommodated where possible.

But the second, and probably more important change needed is for our politicians, whether they be federal or state, to deliver more in terms of genuine policy and debate.

The constant bickering, caterwauling and name-calling, particularly on the floor of the House of Representatives, has left many Australians disenchanted.

It has led to calls from a few new to the house for a more bipartisan approach.

Younger members of the voting public would struggle to remember a day where an opposition of any colour could get behind a government policy and back it.

The politics of opposition for the sake of opposition has become so refined that some have forgotten how to recognise a good policy.

If our politicians were able to get behind each other from time to time for the good of the country or a particular group within the community, this would go a long way to repairing the battered reputation of MPs.

That would show they are giving the bang for the buck.

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Impostors in uni exam rooms

UNIVERSITY students are increasingly paying impersonators to sit their exams or smuggling in technology to help them cheat, while other students cannot be trusted to sit in sloping auditoriums because of their willingness to copy answers in multiple-choice tests, a new report reveals.
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A taskforce at Sydney University has released its first report into academic misconduct after the university was embroiled in several high-profile cheating scandals, including revelations as many as 1000 students from 16 universities paid a Sydney-based company, MyMaster, to ghost write their assignments.

Universities are grappling with the new lengths that students take to gain advantage. At the University of NSW, all wrist watches have been banned from exam rooms to ensure students do not use technology to cheat.

The report, based on an investigation across Sydney University’s faculties in May and June, found ‘‘plagiarism, collusion, recycling and ghost writing’’ were problems plaguing take-home assignments but cheating in formal exams, especially those with multiple-choice questions, was also a concern.

‘‘The problem of cheating in exams is not trivial – a study on multiple choice exams within the university revealed an average level of cheating of about 5 per cent,’’ it said.

Academics also believe a black market for fake doctors’ certificates exists, allowing students to ‘‘claim illness and apply to re-sit the exam at a later date’’, the report warned.

The report warned that universities worldwide were struggling with the issue of ‘‘rapidly rising substitution and impersonation’’ in exams, and even though biometric identification was increasingly being used, students were finding cunning ways to beat even that.

It said there was anecdotal evidence that students use miniature cameras to copy exams and then distribute them to fellow students.

The chairman of Sydney University’s academic board, associate professor Peter McCallum, said the report revealed there was a ‘‘disproportionately’’ high number of students from its business school who engaged in academic misconduct but that did not suggest it was a problem unique to business courses. ‘‘What we suspect is that there is under-detection [across the university],’’ associate professor McCallum said.

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Hundreds get proof of identity

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT: UNE Enactus co-ordinator Koady Humphreys and The Minimbah Project national co-ordinator Will Winter at the birth certificate sign-up day at TRECC. Photo: Barry Smith 060815BSB01A WOMAN who walked more than two-and-a-half hours to get hold of her legal identity document was among the hundreds of people at a recent birth certificate sign-up in Tamworth.
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More than 400 people are expected to receive their certificate for free after the session during the Tamworth Homeless Connect Day at TRECC.

Spokesman Will Winter said there had been 240 applications on the day, and another 200 were expected to come through in the next few weeks.

He said one of the applicants had walked a great distance to get her birth certificate so she could then obtain her driver’s licence.

“There is a whole host of reasons why people don’t have them,” Mr Winter said.

“Cost is a really significant factor for people who are otherwise struggling with household budgets.

“We sometimes get families of four or up to nine – it’s a significant cost, at $51, a big impediment.”

However, Mr Winter said other factors could include poor literacy; shorter hospital stays after births, meaning parents don’t have time to get help with the forms; and a separation between registering a birth and ordering a birth certificate.

“Four years later, bub becomes ready for school and they then need that registration process, which is a complex thing to go through,” Mr Winter said.

He is the national co-ordinator of The Minimbah Project, which, along with UNE Enactus and Pathfinders, staffed the day.

Volunteers travel widely to help people apply for a free certificate.

“It’s a locally grown solution to the national – and in fact, international – issue of the lack of legal identification,” Mr Winter said.

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Wests Tigers trip up Raiders

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Sisa Waqa of the Raiders passes the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on August 10, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)RUGBY LEAGUE
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Canberra’s hopes of an NRL finals berth are hanging by a thread, after going down 20-18 to Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on Monday night.

Needing to win at least four of their remaining five games, the Raiders failed to hold off a resurgent Tigers outfit who have now claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening two rounds.

A first-half double to prop Shannon Boyd and the late inclusion of influential hooker Josh Hodgson wasn’t enough to inspire the home side.

The disappointing result was only made worse with veteran David Shillington sent off in the dying seconds of his 200th NRL appearance for an alleged headbutt on NSW enforcer Aaron Woods.

Seemingly still riding high from last week’s upset win over Melbourne, the Tigers looked sharp and dangerous throughout the match.

Fullback James Tedesco again took control and, with the help of halfback Luke Brooks, set up Sauaso Sue for their first try in the 14th minute.

The Raiders threatened to bite back quickly, but thwarted their chances with a handful of errors.

It was through Boyd they eventually found the points, the 122kg prop using his brute strength to cross in the 27th minute and again just before half-time for a 12-4 lead.

Tedesco started the second spell scoring and in the 63rd minute the Tigers hit the lead via a converted try by Pat Richards.

Wighton and Hodgson then combined to set up skipper Jarrod Croker to put the Raiders ahead.

However, Brooks scored in the closing 10 minutes to give the Tigers the last laugh.

The Raiders next face Manly at home on Sunday, while the Tigers host Newcastle on Saturday. – AAP

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Computer scammers hold files to ransom

CAUTION: Max Mundy of Codas Computers says be wary of all things on the internet. Picture: Jason Hollister.BUSINESSES and householders have been warned about a new version of an email scam that freezes computer files and holds the files to ransom.
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To protect against the scam, businesses and householders have been told to ensure all their computer files are backed up properly.

Ransomware is a virus that won’t release computer files until a ransom is paid. The new version of the scam is called Cryptowall, which encrypts files so they cannot be read or seen.

The virus infects computers through a credible looking email not sent by the source it appears to have come from.

In most cases a demand is made for payment in Bitcoin because it is virtually untraceable.

Max Mundy, of Codas Computers at Ulverstone, said one person had brought their computer in after being hit by the scam.

“We’ve only had one computer to fix but there are some other hotspots dealing with [the ransomware scam],” Mr Mundy said.

When the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was affected by the scam it paid $350 to recover its files.

Mr Mundy said the best advice was to always have computer files backed up no matter what, and to avoid the trap in the first place rather than have to wonder what to do after it happens.

“Don’t go downloading random things, and always be wary with everything on the internet,” Mr Mundy said.

Mr Mundy advised avoiding random emails and watching out for emails that pretended to be sent from other people or other sources.

“Don’t get tricked into downloading programs that are unneeded,” he said.

Mr Mundy said people could bring computers in to have files backed up to an external drive.

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Quake forces Renison to stop its production

ANOTHER West Coast mine is in a tight spot, made tighter after an earthquake forced a processing halt.
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The Renison tin mine was already marginal due to low tin prices before the August 2 quake, according to half-owner Metals X Limited’s CEO, Peter Cook.

“We are doing our best to ride through this tough period in the mine and tin industry without impact on people’s livelihoods and the West Coast mining community,” Mr Cook said yesterday.

As well as Renison’s difficulties –

■ The Mt Lyell mine remains closed and a re-opening is not certain;

■ efforts to secure a buyer for the mothballed Avebury nickel mine are continuing, with definite interest after a previous sale deal fell over;

■ the Henty Gold Mine is scheduled to close, although there are hopes an exploration drive will revive it;

■ Savage River miner Grange Resources’ return per tonne of iron ore production went negative in the June quarter; and

■ Henty aside, exploration spending is shrivelling amid lower prices for a range of metals.

Mr Cook said the processing plant at Renison stopped production on Sunday night when the mine ran out of surface stock.

“Production from unaffected areas has continued,” Mr Cook said.

“However, the area where the footwall development was slightly impaired by the seismic event is still under review.”

He said ground support did its job and held all the ground together, and there were no injuries or damage to equipment from the quake.

“However, as a consequence, mining areas below this point remain inaccessible which is significantly impairing productivity.”

Mr Cook said the plant would not operate this week as stock was built up for a re-start, while some scheduled maintenance was being brought forward.

Metals X is now making most of its money from its growing gold division on the mainland, rather than from Tasmanian tin.

The magnitude three quake’s epicentre was about five kilometres west of Rosebery.

MMG’s Rosebery Mine was not affected.

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Adventure Playground is credit to everyone involved

Rosemary Milson from Tamworth writes about the Adventure Playground.
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I FEEL moved to write this.

It was a wonderful experience to be one of the volunteer “brigade” who have worked over a period of a week, three shifts a day, to erect the Tamworth Adventure Playground in Endeavour Park.

The park itself is very special asset for the people and visitors of Tamworth.

A park of native vegetation, birds and some animals maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers who work every week maintaining and developing the well-cared-for environs. A delight to visit always.

The Adventure Playground is a vision and plan of Charles Impey, who was instrumental in this when it started five years ago.

He told me the playground committee had been wonderful. He was most grateful to them. It ensured his dream became a reality.

I hear Charles has been fantastic, too. All volunteers were working constantly, but the atmosphere was great. Happy to be productive and sharing the load for something special. Workers ranging in age from the young to, shall we say, more mature, worked, welcomed, constructed, built, laboured, painted and catered.

TAFE allowed their students to participate and work every day.

No doubt they enjoyed using their skills and benefited from this experience.

Businesses were generous giving resources, food and even personnel to assist. The bell went promptly at noon for lunch, breaks for morning and afternoon tea or coffee provided by a business in town.

A very big thank you and a hearty congratulations to all who contributed in anyway. Much generosity of kindness and help has made it an outstanding achievement and an asset, for children, able-bodied and disabled, can safely use this exceptional playground. Well done.

It is a tribute to the spirit ofTamworth.

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